On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Duchess of Cornwall struggled to hold back tears while meeting and listening to victims of domestic abuse recount their horrific experiences. During the meeting, some women bravely shared their stories of survival, while others reflected on friends and family members who tragically lost their lives at the hands of their partners.
One of the women to speak was Diana Parkes, a heartbroken mother whose daughter Joanna Brown was killed by her violent husband in 2010.
After hearing the emotional story, Camilla comforted Diana and vowed she would do anything within her power to help.
The 68-year-old royal attended the event in Oval, which was run by SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse in the U.K. Through its network of domestic violence advisers, SafeLives helped 67,500 high-risk victims, as well as their 76,000 children.
During the event, Camilla, who has campaigned on the issue of rape and sexual assault, spoke about her desire to see the issue of domestic abuse on the national stage. "It’s so important that people like yourselves speak up, otherwise we gloss over it. And this is too important an issue to ignore," she said.
"Another incredibly brave lady," she said, addressing Diana. "Stories like this just have to be aired otherwise domestic abuse becomes a taboo subject.
"I want to do anything I can to help raise this issue. All of you going around and talking about it does create awareness."
Camilla intends to look into what she could do to support the charity after hearing the moving stories. "I want to help in any way I can," she said.
Dianna Barra, chief executive of SafeLives, praised the duchess for her interest and said, "The idea behind our organization is that you have one person to talk to. That adviser will work with victims to find the best resources to help them on everything from housing to practical help with their children. It is wrap-around care."